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Many Come, One Wins Print E-mail
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Written by Ryan M. Bright

Photos by Michael A. Clubine

FLUSHING, NY – Many US Open athletes compete at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, New York, with the thought that they could win, but only half have earned the right to keep playing for the trophy. The Wheelchair Quad's Singles Semifinals jumped into a wave of emotion with Lucas Sithole (RSA) vs. David Wagner (Chula Vista, CA). It began with Wagner taking a 3­0 lead, but when it seemed like Sithole was out, he bounced back 4­3. Sithole won the set and match 7­5; 2­6; 6­3.


Women's Singles Quaterfinalists, Jiske Griffoen (NED) vs. Sabine Ellerbrock (GER), is a repeat match from the 2013 US Open finals where Griffoen won it all. Now, Ellerbrock has returned to beat Griffoen. Ellerbrock took the majority of the sets to 40 points, but couldn't bring it through to a game per both of the sets. Jiske Griffoen won the match 6­1; 6­1.


A mid­day game had Yui Kamiji (JPN; 1) vs. Sharon Walraven (NED) battling head­to­head in this Women's Singles Quaterfinal. It was a battle of age with Walraven in her 40's and Kamiji in her 20's. In the end, Kamiji took the world by storm, leaving Walraven in the dark. Kamiji pounded out a 6­1; 6­3 win.



The last match of the night was Shingo Kunieda (JPN; 1) vs. Michael Jeremiasz (FRA). Much like Jiske vs. Sabine, this match had many points that were 40­40 with quite a few advantages. However, Jeremiasz hit some balls into the net and Kunieda stayed strong, bringing this Men's Singles Quaterfinals to a Kunieda win, 6­1; 6­1. This pushes along the No. 1 contender to next level.


Other Men's Singles Quaterfinal wins of the day included Nicolas Peifer (FRA) triumphant over Maikel Scheffer (NED) at 2­6; 6­1; 6­1; Joachim Gerard (BEL) victorious over Stephane Houdet (FRA; 2) at 6­3; 6(5)­7(7); 5­7 pushing out No. 2 from semifinal contention; Gustavo Fernandez (ARG) prevailing over Gordon Reid (GBR) at 6­4; 3­6; 6­3.


Other Women's Singles Quaterfinals scores of the day included Aniek Van Koot (NED; 2) winning over Kgothatso Montjane (RSA) at 6­2; 6­0; and Marjolein Buis (NED) winning over Jordanne Whiley at 6­1; 6­4.



The other Quad Semifinal match had Andy Lapthorne (GBR) winning over Nick Taylor (Wichita, KS), 6­4; 6­3.


The Wheelchair Quad Singles take place Friday, September 5, with Lucas Sithole vs. Andy Lapthorne on Court 5, which will possibly further Sithole's chance to go to the finals. Also, David Wagner vs. Nicholas Taylor will be on Court 4. On the same courts,Women's Singles Semifinals will have Yui Kamiji vs. Jiske Griffoen and Marjolein Buis vs. Aniek Van Koot, respectively. Again, on the same courts, there will be Shingo Kunieda vs. Nicolas Peifer and Gustavo Fernandez vs. Stephane Houdet.


On Court 5, there will be Women's Doubles Semifinals with Kamiji/Whiley vs. Ellerbrock/Montjane and a Men's Doubles Semifinals with Houdet/Kunieda vs. Fernandez/Gerard. On Court 4, there will a similar listing of events where there will be Women's Buis/Walraven vs. Griffoen/Van Koot and Men's Jeremiasz/Peifer vs. Reid/Scheffers.


About the Author: Ryan M. Bright is a member of the Sports ‘n Spokes and Wheelchair Sports Federation media team reporting on events at 2014 US Open in Flushing, New York.  The all-volunteer media team consists of professional writers and photographers who are donating their time and expertise to showcase the athleticism of disabled U.S. athletes and highlight their world class achievements in wheelchair tennis.  Partnering with Sports ‘n Spokes, the Wheelchair Sports Federation is a non-profit organization that provides opportunities for the disabled and wheelchair using adults and youth to play sports recreationally and competitively.  For more information, visit www.WheelchairSportsFederation.org.

 PHOTO CAPTIONS: Photos by Michael A. Clubine 

1st Picture - Lucas Sithole (RSA) competes at the 2014 US Open in Wheelchair Quad Singles: Round 1

 2nd Picture - Jiske Griffioen (NED) competes at the 2014 US Open in Wheelchair Women's Singles: Round 1

 3rd Picture - Nick Taylor (USA) competes at the 2014 US Open in Wheelchair Quad Singles: Round 1

Last Updated on Saturday, 06 September 2014 17:54
 
Twenty of the World's Greatest Wheelchair Tennis Players Gather at U.S. Open Print E-mail
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Written by Ryan M. Bright

Photos by Michael A. Clubine


 

FLUSHING, NY – Today was a "grand slam" of a day in the world of tennis as the U.S. Open for Wheelchair Tennis began in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, New York City. This is its eighth year at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center and people from all over the globe came to watch their international wheelchaired heros and heroins be seeded today.


The intensity will be great with 11 men and 9 women competing this year.  Men's singles include Shingo Kunieda (Japan; 1) vs. Michael Jeremiasz (France), Nicolas Peifer (France) vs. Maikel Scheffers (Netherlands), Gustavo Fernandez (Argentina) vs. Gordon Reid (Great Britain), and Joachim Gerard (Belgium) vs. Stephane Houdet (France; 2).


Women's singles include Yui Kamiji (Japan; 1) vs Sharon Walvaren (Netherlands), Jiske Griffoen (Netherlands) vs. Sabine Ellerbrock (Germany), Marjoin Buis (Netherlands) vs. Jordanne Whiley (Great Britain), Kgothatso Montjane (Russia) vs. Aniek Van Koot (Netherlands; 2).

 
 

Men's doubles will be Stephane Houdet/Shingo Kunieda (1) vs Gustavo Fernandez/Joachim Gerard and Michael Jeremiasz/Nicolas Peifer vs. Gordon Reid/Maikel Scheffers (2).


Women's doubles are Yui Kamiji/Jordanne Whiley (1) vs. Sabine Ellerbrock/Kgothatso Montjane and Marjoin Buis/Sharon Walvaren vs.  Jiske Griffoen/Aniek Van Koot (2).


Quad singles are Nick Taylor (Wichita, KS) vs David Wagner (Chula Vista, CA) and Andrew Lapthorne (Great Britain) vs Lucas Sithole (South Africa). Quad doubles are Nicholas Taylor/David Wagner vs. Andrew Lapthorne/Lucas Sithole.


The draw had an under-20 USTA member, Nate Melnyk (Centerport, NY), pull the names. After the draw for the 2014 US Open Wheelchair Division, players, such as Joachim Gerard, helped youth from the crowd try out wheelchair tennis for themselves.
 
 
 

The games begin Thursday, September 4, at 11:00 am on Court 11 with quad singles Lucas Sithole vs David Wagner. Quaterfinals continue on the same court with women's singles Yui Kamiji (1) vs. Sharon Walraven, men's singles Joachim Gerard vs. Stephane Houdet (2), women's singles Kgothatso Montjane vs. Aniek Van Koot (2), and men's singles Nicolas Peifer vs. Maikel Scheffer.


Also at 11:00 am, Court 13 will hold quad singles Andrew Lapthorne vs Nicholas Taylor, followed by women's singles quaterfinals with Jiske Griffoen vs Sabine Ellerbrock, men's singles with Gustavo Fernandez vs. Gordon Reid, and women's singles Marjolein Buis vs. Jordanne Whiley.


Defending singles titles are Stephane Houdet (men), Lucas Sithole (quad), and Aniek Van Koot (women) against Shingo Kunieda (men) and Yui Kamiji (women), who are both ranked No. 1 Player of the world.


About the Author: Ryan M. Bright is a member of the Sports ‘n Spokes and Wheelchair Sports Federation media team reporting on events at 2014 US Open in Flushing, New York.  The all-volunteer media team consists of professional writers and photographers who are donating their time and expertise to showcase the athleticism of disabled U.S. athletes and highlight their world class achievements in wheelchair tennis.  Partnering with Sports ‘n Spokes, the Wheelchair Sports Federation is a non-profit organization that provides opportunities for the disabled and wheelchair using adults and youth to play sports recreationally and competitively.  For more information, visit www.WheelchairSportsFederation.org.

PHOTO CAPTIONS:
 
Lineup:
Players unite at the draw for matches during the US Open.  Pictured are (left to right) David Wagner, Andy Lapthorne, Sharon Walraven, Yui Kamiji, Jordanne Whiley, Sabine Ellerbrock, Michael Jeremiasz, Joachim Gerard, Nick Taylor, and Nate Melnyk.
 
Draw:
US Open Refferee, Brian Earley, announces as under-20 USTA member, Nate Melnyk, draws names for the US Open wheelchair tennis games.

Joachim Gerard:
After the draw for the 2014 US Open Wheelchair Division, players, such as Joachim Gerard, helped youth from the crowd try out wheelchair tennis for themselves.

Additional photos can be found at:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/48379941@N06/sets/72157647145053996/
Last Updated on Thursday, 04 September 2014 13:25
 
North Jersey Navigators win in Iowa Print E-mail
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The North Jersey Navigators have an outstanding performance at the 2014 National Junior Disability Championships (NJDC) in Iowa.  12 athletes went to the NJDC and the team netted a record 131 medals (104 Gold, 20 Silver, and 7 Bronze).  They set 23 new national records; and once again placed first on the Large Team category.  This is the result of all our hard work; dedication and commitment to the North Jersey Navigators Paralympic Sport Program.  

 

In addition, four athletes and one member of the Navigators staff were selected as members of the USA Junior Team that participated at the 2014 IWAS World Junior Games in Stoke Mandeville, UK, August 2-7.  The Navigators athletes participating at the 2014 IWAS World Junior Games collectively won 7 Medals (5 Gold and 2 Bronze).   The coaching staff is extremely pleased with the way our team continues to improve and excel in adaptive sports and we are very proud of our accomplishments competing at national and International levels.

Last Updated on Thursday, 28 August 2014 16:17
 
Wheelchair Tennis Tournament in NY Has Record Turnout Print E-mail
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94 Contestants from Around the World Compete in Queens

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QUEENS, NY – The Wheelchair Sports Federation and United States Tennis Association hosted the 14th Annual Jana Hunsaker Memorial Wheelchair Tennis Tournament on June 5th through June 8th, bringing people from around the world including France, Japan, Canada, and USA. It took place at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens, New York, where 94 contestants came in hopes of becoming champions.

In the Men's A Singles, the unseeded Russel Rodriguez (Nashville, TN) came into this tournament and knocked out the 2nd and 4th seeded players with identical 6-1; 6-2 victories. In the finals, Cristobal Rivera (Valley Stream, NY), the 1st seed, nearly ended Rodriguez's winning streak, but Rodriguez won by giving hits with heavy top spin and some that were over the head to bring the match to a 6-2; 6-1 victory.
The Women's Open Singles finals had Dana Mathewson (San Diego, CA), the 3rd seed, post up against Marianne Page (Payson, UT), 1st seed. Although Mathewson gets nervous playing Singles, she said, she laid down smooth serves that knocked out her opponent giving her a 6-2; 7-5 victory.
In the Louis Armstong Stadium, Men B Singles player, Victor Vaughn (Nashville, TN), and his prized Prince racquet went in to battle Jose Gomez (Royal Palm Beach, FL), who was unseeded, but still made it to the finals. Gomez gave a good effort, but the 1st seed, Vaughn, won it with 6-3; 6-4 victory. When Vaughn was questioned later about playing Gomez, he said "I thought [Jose] was going to beat me."

Players who won Men's C, D, Open, and Open Singles-second draw were Sunil Patel (Tallahassee, FL), Kei Usami (Darien, CT), Thomas Vinatier (Nantes, France), and Michael Foulkes (Petaluma, CA), respectively.  The Quad Open Singles winner was the top seed, Bryan Barten (Tucson, AZ). In Men's A Doubles, unseeded Atif Moon (Rancho Palos Verdes, CS)/ Russell Rodriguez knocked out the 2nd seed, Patrick Donaghey (Elkview, WV)/Kevin Green (Saint Louis, MO), in a tie-breaker. In Doubles for Men's B, C, and D, Wayne Bennet (Denver, CO)/Ricardo Corral (East Elmhurst, NY), Nathan Melnyk (Centerport, NY)/Jose Mendez (Brentwood, NY), and Johnny Tejada (Flushing, NY)/Kei Usami were top winners and in Men's Open Doubles, Phillipe Bedard (Quebec City, NM)/Joel Dembe (Toronto, ON) were top winners. In the Quad Open Doubles, the 1st seed, Gary Luker (Ancaster, ON)/Robert Shaw (Ontario, NM) defeated the 2nd seed, Bryan Barten/Kevin Whalen (Oneida, NY). In Women's Open Doubles Karolina Lingyte (Northport, AL)/Dana Mathewson came out on top.

The Wheelchair Sports Federation is a volunteer run non-profit organization that provides opportunities for adults and youth with disabilities to play sports recreationally and competitively.  For more information and photos, visit www.WheelchairSportsFederation.org<http://www.wheelchairsportsfederation.org>.
Last Updated on Thursday, 12 June 2014 18:02
 
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New Mobility - written by Mark Smith

“If these mobility related accessories are any sign of what’s to come, it should be a great year for wheelchair users”

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